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February 2015 Members eNewsletter
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July 2015

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Nairobi, Kenya. 29th July 2015; The International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) is pleased to join People Living with HIV, Women Living with HIV, Human rights advocates, activists, partners and civil society organizations in solidarity with the women and people living with HIV for a series of court mentions today at the Milimani high court, Nairobi.


The following cases will be coming up for mentions and ICW urges members and partners to support the course towards respect of human rights in public health policy, programming and institutions.

1. Case of Forced and Coerce sterilization of women living with HIV.

The sterilization of HIV-positive Kenyan women without their consent first sparked outrage in 2012, when a report titled “Robbed of Choice” described the experiences of 40 women living with HIV who had been forcibly or coercively sterilized because of their HIV status. Five of those women with support from their lawyers from KELIN are now seeking the services of the court and suing for violations of their health and human rights. 


Below are two media advisories on the two sterilization cases that come up for mention tomorrow 29th July 2015 at 9am in which Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV & AIDS (KELIN) seeking to amend the petition and The Secretariat of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is seeking to be joined onto the case as a friend of the court. ICW will be in court on this important mention that will determine whether UNAIDS will be allowed on board or not. The media advisory from KELIN are available on the links below.

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Petition 605 



2. TB is not a crime Case!

KELIN appearing on behalf of two plaintiffs on the case of the arrest and detention of TB patients with interrupted treatment cycles. The case seeks to challenge practice adopted by public health officers in Kenya in seeking court order to confine TB patients in prison for purposes of treatment. The matter also comes up for mention today 29th July 2015 before the High Court at 9am. The mention is key as it will help us determine whether the Cabinet Secretary of health has complied with the court order to file a response. A link to the media advisory is available at http://kelinkenya.org/2015/07/media-advisory-tbisnotacrime-campaign/ Please also share this link on your social media using the #TBIsNotACrime. We remain grateful for your support on this important campaign.


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